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HONIARA, Solomon Islands (July 13, 2001 - Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation/PINA Nius Online)---Unemployment among young people in the Solomon Islands is very high, National Planning and Development Secretary Donald Kudu warned during World Population Day ceremonies in Honiara.

Mr. Kudu said that in late 1999, when the last national census was held, about 28,000 young people out of a population of 409,000 were looking for paid employment.

Over the past decade about 3,000 young people have left school each year, he said, with only about 500 finding paid employment in any one year.

Mr. Kudu said the rest became self-employed, involved in subsistence farming and fishing, or joined the ever-increasing pool of the unemployed.

He said over the next 10 years the number of young people entering the labor market will be about 100,000.

While there has been a reduction in the country's annual population growth rate, to 2.8%, it still remains high by international standards.



HONIARA, Solomons Islands (July 17, 2001 - Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation/PINA Nius Online)---The Solomon Islands Parliament Office is trying to find money to hold what is expected to be the final session of the current Parliament before elections next month.

The session scheduled to start August 2 is expected to be the last meeting before the house dissolves August 28.

SIBC understands that all telephone lines to the Parliament building were disconnected after the last sitting of Parliament. Also, some motel owners have indicated that they will not accommodate or provide meals to MPs until all outstanding bills are met.

For additional reports from the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, go to PACIFIC ISLANDS REPORT News/Information Links: Radio/TV News/Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation.

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